Episode 5

Duration: 30 minutes

First transmitted in 1961, David Attenborough comes to the end of his expedition having travelled thousands of miles throughout the island of Madagascar.

The principle objective of the expedition is to film and observe the rarest animals of the island and the search continues in the depths of the Madagascan forest.

Geckoes, millipedes and paradise flycatchers are among the animals encountered as Attenborough searches for one of the most legendary animals of Madagascar, the indri. Indris are the largest of all the lemurs and are the creature some believe to be the origin of the "dog-headed man" legend, as recounted by Marco Polo.

Extremely shy animals, only Attenborough's recordings of their weird, deafening wails can entice a family out of hiding, so providing a unique glimpse of these previously unseen primates.

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Credits

Presenter
David Attenborough
Camera Operator
Geoffrey Mulligan
Producer
David Attenborough

Broadcasts

  • Fri 30 Jun 1961 20:25 BBC Television Service

  • Wed 7 Feb 1962 17:25 BBC Television Service

  • Sun 16 Oct 1966 15:10 BBC One

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